Oct 14, 2014, 10:50 AM
ICT officials on Tuesday discussed the way forward on how best the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI), as the parent body of ICT in The Gambia, could support ICT officials to be a part of its in-house ICT team.
The call was made at a one-day maiden Gambia-Government ICT retreat held at the Gambia Hotel and Hospitality Institute in Kanifing by MOICI.
The retreat also served as a platform for the participants to get feedback on how best they could support ICT officials in their respective MDAs.
In her remarks on the occasion, Khadijah Aja Tambajang, ICT officer at MOICI, said that in January 2014, they submitted a report to their PS titled “MOICI Website Content Gathering and Repackaging Initiative Visits”.
The report was a result of an 11-month tour from February 2013 to January 2014 that the web content team conducted at “all the respective MDAs” that were to have posted ICTOs or focal persons.
According to Ms Tambajang, the tour was conducted to highlight the importance of MDAs utilizing the full benefits of their websites to disseminate important information, as this is in line with their goal of having an efficient government.
She said that in line with The Gambia e-Government implementation strategy and Action Plan 2010 to 2013, in its mandate to transform government into a more accessible, effective and accountable apparatus, MOICI developed websites for various institutions in May 2010.
She said most of these websites are without adequate contents in their respective specified tabs/ links.
“Along these lines and with a view to remedy this situation and to prepare for our CMS migration from Joomla to Drupal,” Ms Tambajang explained, “our visits to the respective MDAs was to support their institution in its content gathering and repackaging for their websites and to bring them up to par in not only highlighting their MDAs strides, but to share the various endeavours and laudable initiatives their respective institutions have embarked upon towards the achievement of the objectives of the MDGs, our national blueprint the Vision 2020 and the very urgent PAGE.”